Blackmoore: A Proper Romance

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At eighteen, Kate Worthington knows she should be getting serious about marriage, but her restless heart won t let her settle down. To escape her mother s meddlesome influence, she dreams of traveling with her spinster aunt to exotic India. But when the opportunity arises, Kate finds herself making a bargain with her mother: she will be allowed to go only if she spends a season at the family s wealthy estate, Blackmoore, where she must secure and reject three marriage proposals. Enlisting the help of her dearest ...
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Overview

At eighteen, Kate Worthington knows she should be getting serious about marriage, but her restless heart won t let her settle down. To escape her mother s meddlesome influence, she dreams of traveling with her spinster aunt to exotic India. But when the opportunity arises, Kate finds herself making a bargain with her mother: she will be allowed to go only if she spends a season at the family s wealthy estate, Blackmoore, where she must secure and reject three marriage proposals. Enlisting the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield, Kate sets out to collect her proposals so she can be on her way. But Henry s decision to help threatens to destroy both of their dreams in ways they could never imagine. Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to listen to her heart. With hints of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, Blackmoore is a page-turning tale of romance, intrigue, and devotion.
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Donaldson’s second Regency romance (after Edenbrooke) is riveting and evocative. Beautiful, passionate Kate Worthington, determined to be different from her scandalous mother and sisters, has decided never to marry. She seeks solace in the friendship of Sylvia Delafield and her handsome and intelligent brother, Henry, who will inherit the vast Blackmoore estate. When Henry finally escorts Kate to his ancestral home, where he is expected to propose to the lovely Miss St. Claire, Kate is overcome by the hauntingly beautiful house and its surrounding moors, cliffs, and waters, just as she is by the slow but definite change in her relationship with Henry. As the untamed natural atmosphere unleashes a longing and intensity that both Henry and Kate have suppressed, they must take the risk of making bargains, uncovering secrets, and embracing their truest desires. Readers will be absolutely captivated by the beautiful imagery, sizzling tension (which never manifests explicitly, earning the book its designation of “proper”), and mesmerizing plot. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609074609
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 77,351
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Julianne Donaldson is the bestselling author of Edenbrooke. Her degree in English has fueled her desire to write. She and her husband live in Salt Lake City, Utah, with their four children, but she takes every opportunity she can to travel the English countryside.
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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    Once again, Donaldson won my heart.  I thoroughly enjoyed this r

    Once again, Donaldson won my heart.  I thoroughly enjoyed this romance.  Told through a series of flashbacks, readers get to see Kate's history unfold.  Learning the sordid truth about her older sister and her mother's scheming, scandalous ways... learning about how she lost her heart to the one man she can't have... 

    This book actually reminded me a little of Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The intelligent, talented daughter with bigger dreams than just following her mother's wishes of a "good" marriage. As Kate must deal with laughable suitors, an embarassing family, and having to see the man that she doesn't want to admit she loves, she also fights to break free of the life she sees herself imprisoned within.  Her pluck and determination are admirable.  Kate's story grabbed my heartstrings and simply wouldn't let go.  

    When I finished the book, I found myself sighing aloud and already mentally counting down until another is announced.  To me, that is the ultimate test...and Blackmoore passed with flying colors! 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    A beautifully written story. Having read Edenbrooke which remai

    A beautifully written story. Having read Edenbrooke which remains my favorite, I was not anticipating the somewhat darker feel to Blackmoore. Once I adjusted my expectations, and stopped looking for Edenbrooke I was thoroughly engrossed in the story. Well done, Mrs. Donaldson.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Great story

    I fully enjoyed reading it. Well written and a fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2014

    Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    A great entertaining story! It really pulls at your emotions and

    A great entertaining story! It really pulls at your emotions and keeps you invested. The characters are great, as with her other book:
    Edenbrooke - a recommended read as well!
    Two very different stories and yet so fantastic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Loved it!!!

    This is a great little romance in Jane Austen style. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because there are a few pages missing from the text of this e-book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Beautiful!

    I love this book! I can't be sure which book I liked more by her. Blackmoore is definately a book I'm considering reading again! I'm not usually big on rereadimg a book but this one has me still thinking of it after I finished. I feel like I want to jump back into Kate and Henry's world. You can just feel the love they have from the very start!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Love

    Very beautiful. I loved it

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    I really enjoy Julianne Donaldson's writing. The prose is beaut

    I really enjoy Julianne Donaldson's writing. The prose is beautiful and poetical and it captures my attention from the first to the last. I found Blackmoore to be a captivating read but also felt it was missing something. I've been thinking about it for hours and I think the story, while beautiful, didn't tell enough of the story. In Blackmoore, we are placed within a 3-4 day story where much of the main characterization happens through separate chapters of memories from years past. While these things do tell the story - all we see are the highlights of a deep friendship. We never come to fully understand Kate's deep seeded "caged" feeling - nor fully understand Henry's love of Kate. Sure, we see the moments that propelled the relationship forward - but we're missing the day-in-and-day-out items that round out a beautiful love story.

    All that said, I really did enjoy this book. It's beautiful writing. And it summarizes a beautiful love story. I just wish it did more fleshing out of the story, rather than summarizing.

    I look forward to more of Julianne Donaldson's writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Another great read!!!

    What a wonderful story. Could not put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Just read it!!

    Blackmoore reminds me of Jane Austen, but it's so much more enjoyable and easy to read! Add the fact that Henry is absolutely swoon-worthy and we have a real winner here. Love, love, love this book! It's well written, with a great storyline and wonderfully fun romance.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Wonderful storytelling!

    I could not put this book down! I abosutely loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Whew!

    Man talk about a heart sqweezer ! This was like a total austen read. Wonderfully written . Grab your munchies and tissues . Get ready for an emotional roller coaster ,read it in a night. Can't wait to read more from this author she writes richly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Donaldson writes such believable, haunting love stories. Can't w

    Donaldson writes such believable, haunting love stories. Can't wait for her next one :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Sweet

    Very sweet, passionate and clean romance. It was a fun read and a quick one, too. I liked it more than Edenbrooke.

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

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    Katherine Worthington has known little of love.  Every day she h

    Katherine Worthington has known little of love.  Every day she has witnessed the consequences of love gone wrong—from her parents’ loveless marriage rife with infidelity to her sisters’ scandalous behavior.  She has only ever had friends Sylvia and Henry Delafield (sister and brother), her cat Cora, and her little brother Oliver to give her heart to and receive any kindness or affection from.  She yearns for adventure and has informed everyone that she never intends to marry.  She has always dreamed of visiting Syliva and Henry’s ancestral home, Blackmoore, and finally, at age 17, she has finally been invited.  Her spinster Aunt Charlotte has also invited her on the adventure of a lifetime, a trip to India.  However, when Kate refused an elderly, diseased gentleman’s marriage proposal, her mother hurts her in the only way she can—she refuses to allow her to go to Blackmoore or to go with her Aunt Charlotte.  In desperation, Kate makes a Faustian bargain with her mother—if she receives and refuses three marriage proposals while at Blackmoore, she can go to India.  If she cannot accomplish this, she will be completely in her mother’s power and do whatever she asks.  When Kate arrives at Blackmoore, she comes to realize that it is no more magical than her own home, and this is only emphasized by the fact that Henry and Sylvia’s mother makes it perfectly clear that she is not welcome.  After unsuccessfully flirting with several guests, Kate hatches a brilliant scheme.  Surely Henry would be willing to propose to her three times to help her realize her dream of India?  However, Kate discovers that things aren’t quite so simple and that her own heart is in serious danger.

    This was a very bitter-sweet story.  The author does a wonderful job at only revealing things bit by bit, almost painfully slowly, so that you do not fully understand the depth of Kate’s soul until nearly the end of the book. For much of the novel she comes off as somewhat selfish and naïve, but the reader comes to realize that she understands and feels more than nearly anyone else and has sacrificed her own heart for the benefit of others. The whole theme of birds and cages was beautifully carried throughout the novel and reminded me of Jane Eyre, my favorite book ever.  Very few books ever come close to making me cry, but I got teary-eyed over this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Safety or adventure

    Kate has a decision to make. Lots of good moments, but frustrating family members to deal with on both sides.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    So great!

    Very Jane Austen. Beautiful characters to fall in love with.... Read it in a day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    I loved this book.

    A more serious story than Edenbrooke with incredibly well developed characters and a fantastic sense of place. Very well written!

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

    If you follow my reviews regularly, you will know my penchant fo

    If you follow my reviews regularly, you will know my penchant for historical fiction.  Add romance, an English (Regency setting), and you have the ingredients for a book that may truly resonate with me. All too often, however, these books are a dime a dozen.  They have very little (if any) humor, bedroom scenes (some nearly erotic in nature), and some disruptive profanity.  The female protagonist is often too good to be true or completely overbearing.  And what can you expect from her love interest but arrogance and plenty of experience within the boudoir.




    You may wonder at my reasoning for listing these problematic elements, and you may marvel  even further when it comes to relating these to Julianne Donaldson's book.  It's very simple--her book contains not one of these pitfalls.  In fact, if a romance book can be perfect, this is certainly it!  There are no bedroom scenes and absolutely no profanity.  Henry and Kate have a definite chemistry, and the scenes between them are witty and highly emotional at times. The supporting cast and descriptions are expertly portrayed, and there are several times where the readers are somewhat left in the dark until the next flashback (a delightful literary device).  Although the conclusion is ultimately not in question, the journey is quite a ride.  I believe that readers will be charmed by the story and tingling from the depth of feeling!  This is pure heaven, and I can recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, clean romance.




    I also commend the author for her delightful sense of humor. All too often, today's books don't include good humor.  I applaud the author for her tasteful, laugh-out-loud dialogue and happenings.  You may wish to curl up with this book by yourself so that no one is disturbed by your sudden, explosive outburst.  I had to be cognizant of that fact when I was reading, and thankfully no one was disturbed by my reactions.




    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was no financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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